FACT: Recuperative Care can reduce hospital readmission by 50%* (* National Healthcare for the Homeless Council, n.d.)
What Is Homeless Recuperative Care?
This program offers homeless individuals a safe place to rest while completing their medical recovery after being released from hospitals throughout the county. Gospel Center Rescue Mission (GCRM) Recuperative Care is the only non-profit program of its kind in San Joaquin County and a facility that provides 24-hour shelter beds for people who are too well to be in the hospital, but too sick to recuperate on the streets. The level of care provided is equivalent to what would be reasonably expected from a family member to a typical patient coming home after hospitalization.
Why Do We Need Homeless Recuperative Care?
Homelessness exacerbates health problems, complicates treatment, and disrupts
the continuity of care. Challenges such as obtaining food, clothing and shelter, or
achieving or maintaining sobriety can compromise adherence to medications,
physician instructions, and follow-up appointments, thus increasing the probability
of future hospitalizations. “Homeless persons are three to four times more likely to
die prematurely than their housed counterparts do. These deaths are most highly
associated with acute and chronic medical conditions exacerbated by life on the
streets. (National Healthcare for the Homeless Council, n.d.)
What Patients Qualify?
- Has an identified acute illness
- Medically stable
- Able to perform ADL’s
- Able to function in a group living environment that is drug & alcohol free
- Has enough medication for at least one week
Gospel Center Rescue Mission
Recuperative Care Program Director
445 S. San Joaquin St.
Stockton, CA 95203
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